30 July 2014

Driverless cars on UK roads from next year

Driverless cars are almost certainly the future, whether they arrive by 2020 as some car makers are predicting, or later. However, in order to reach that goal, these cars have to be tested on real roads, with other real road users and the resultant unpredictable conditions. That's what Google has been doing in California, but UK companies developing the tech have so far had to make do with private roads.

23 July 2014

New NSX looking fine at the 'Ring [video]

The new Honda NSX is one of those cars that's been known about for a very long time, and yet is still a way from going into production. In fact, Honda first talked about a new NSX back in 2007, though those plans were shelved with the whole economic crisis malarky. Fast-forward to 2011, and reports emerged that Honda was back on to developing a new NSX - plans which were confirmed with the first concept car in 2012. Since then we've seen another couple of concepts, but still no production version.

21 July 2014

Jag's custom F-Type R for all your bike-carrying needs

If you're a fan of high performance cars and cycling, well, the two don't normally go together. You can't exactly fit a couple of bikes on the back of a Lamborghini Aventador (I assume - I've never looked into it). But now, Jaguar has just come up with an F-Type R Coupe that has a unique "racking solution".

18 July 2014

Giveaway: win pairs of tickets to Wilton Classic & Supercar, courtesy of Castrol

Summer's here, the sun's out (very much so as I write this) and it's therefore the perfect time of year to go to a car show. Wilton Classic & Supercar springs to mind, it being just around the corner on Sunday, August 10th. Quite conveniently then, we have 5 pairs of tickets to give away for the event, courtesy of our friends at Castrol.

17 July 2014

Here's the skinny on the new Smart fortwo and forfour

First introduced way back in 1998, the Smart has always been an interesting little car. However, not one that would suit many people. The fuel economy, for one, was always terrible for such a small car. But now Smart has just taken the wraps off an all new pair of models - the fortwo and forfour.

15 July 2014

Experience full-power Formula E racing, sort of [video]

Formula E is coming, and it's coming soon. That means the electric racing cars are being tested more and more in the lead up, and for the first time, we get to see some footage (a cool first-person view, at that) of the cars in max-attack mode.

11 July 2014

Jaguar brings the virtual racing line to real life

For drivers that don't have a lot of experience racing cars, games like Gran Turismo and Forza can be brilliant for learning and practicing the racing line on a circuit. This is because, a) if you crash, you can just reset, and b) they have a racing line for you to follow, which turns red when you need to brake. In real life, of course, you have neither of these niceties - until now, that is.

9 July 2014

Sponsored video: Michelin and Porsche at Le Mans

One of the most epic racing events of the year has, in many peoples' books, got to be Le Mans. Yet unlike Formula 1, there isn't a huge amount about the event on TV. Unless you're already a fan of racing, it's quite probable that you don't know a whole lot about the event. And that's a shame.

8 July 2014

400hp and 60g/km CO2 go together in Volvo's new XC90

If 400hp in a big seven-seater SUV sounds like the recipe for some pretty abysmal running costs, well, you'd normally be right. However, not this time. Volvo has just released some specs on their all-new XC90 (though no exterior pictures yet, unfortunately), and one of the powertrain options is a 400hp plug-in hybrid that emits only 60g/km of CO2.

7 July 2014

Vertu has a phone incoming just for you Bentley owners

The problem with iPhones is that - though they're really very good - they are rather common. Now, of course, you could get something like a Nexus 5 (a better phone, in this author's opinion) which would be a lot more uncommon. But say you're super-rich, and you want something both rare and more expensive than either of these phones. Like, five figures sort of expensive. If that's the case, you go for a Vertu, and choose whether you want it upholstered in lizard skin, alligator skin, or regular old calf skin.